I’m sure money is on your mind as you’re doing your holiday shopping this year. It’s hard not to think about it when there are constant reminders everywhere about the poor economy and job layoffs.
Britain’s FruGal (she’s obviously a modern gal) has some great tips on how to control spending during the most expensive time of the year. Seriously, these are worth a look see. Suggestions include making a list of who you’re buying for and what you’re getting (this is a tip that works for me year-round) and buying gifts only with cash.
Another way to limit the amount of money you’re spending is to make gifts. Aunt Martha has a few suggestions, including one that I really want to try, the homemade teacup candle.
I know not everyone is as crafty as Aunt Martha, but you don’t have to attempt a recreation of the Mona Lisa as a gift. You could handpaint a picture frame and insert a photo. You could make one of your edible specialties, put it in a fancy box and include the recipe. Real Simple has some edible gift suggestions that you can whip up quickly.
What are your suggestions for being frugal this season or making a homemade gift?